The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • Apparel retailers and manufacturers in Japan are expecting a surge in demand for warmer clothing this winter as the country faces ongoing power shortages. Ito-Yokado Co aims to sell 10m pieces of thermal underwear this year, more than double last year's figure. And the local unit of US underwear giant Hanesbrands plans to boost production of thermal underwear by about 50% this year. NIHON KEIZAI SHIMBUN
  • At least 36 workers were injured as a result of strikes at an industrial free trade zone in the Egyptian city of Ismailiya. At least 5,000 workers from the Ismailiya Public Free Zone, where 80 factories produce textiles and leather goods, took part in the protests. Workers are demanding a rise in the minimum monthly wage to EGP1,200 (US$202) as well as long-term contracts, benefits and a reduction in the numbers of foreign workers at the site. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
  • Indian cotton farmer Sara Cotton has raised US$6.4m to fund proposed operations in Ethiopia. With its foray to Ethiopia, Sara Cotton hopes to generate revenues of US$50m in the next 18-24 months. The company plans to set up modern facilities in Ethiopia, including a grinning plant. ASIA PULSE
  • A delegation of Indian companies has visited Vietnam's southern province of Binh Duong to seek investment opportunities in the garment and textile industries. Binh Duong currently has 28 industrial parks, 24 of which are operational. It also plans to build 33 industrial parks with a total area of 20,000 hectares by 2020. India has invested a total of US$225m into Vietnam. VIETNAM NEWS BRIEF
  • The Bangladeshi Department of Environment has fined two textile dyeing factories on the outskirts of the city of Ashulia for polluting the river Turag and the surrounding wetlands. The fine of BDT7.1m (US$95,000) was levied at Landmark Fabrics and Mark Terry Limited for operating factories without effluent treatment plants. THE DAILY STAR